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Grotto Walls Area Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.1198, -106.69987 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Alvaro Arnal on May 21, 2012
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Description 

One of the mainstays of Independence Pass climbing, the Grotto Walls area offers the greatest variety of climbing on the Pass from the convenience of the Lower Grotto Wall to the more wild setting of the Third Grotto Wall. Climbing here is split pretty evenly between sport and trad. There is some great bouldering as well in the scree fields below the cliffs.

Getting There 

Drive up Independence Pass from Aspen about 9 miles. Come around a left hairpin turn and pull into the large pull-off on the left side of the road. Lower Grotto Wall is the large cliff just above the road. There will usually be a party on Twin Cracks and Cryogenics, and one to multiple cars with tourists pulled over watching the "crazy climbers".

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.1 miles from here

55 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Grotto Walls Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Grotto Walls Area:
Twin Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   Lower Grotto Wall
Grotto Wall Traverse   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   Lower Grotto Wall
Plaque Right   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Second Grotto Wall
Inner Worlds   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Third Grotto Wall
Cryogenics   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Lower Grotto Wall
Stand By Your Van   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Grotto Wall
One for the Road   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Grotto Wall
Under Pressure   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Lower Grotto Wall
Necronomicom Direct   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 35'   Second Grotto Wall
The Engagement   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lower Grotto Wall
Space Sluts in the Slammer   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Lower Grotto Wall
Victims of Fashion   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 160'   Lower Grotto Wall
Scene of the Crime   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Lower Grotto Wall
Before There Were Nine   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Grotto Wall
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Featured Route For Grotto Walls Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Image by Aspen Climbing Guides.

Cryogenics 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Colorado : Independence Pass : ... : Lower Grotto Wall
This is the obvious inset open book to obtuse corner on the left side of the Grotto Wall, highly visible from the parking lot (yes, you will draw a crowd of slack-jawed Bago warriors during the summer months) and highly classic. Scramble up on the ledge and get a load of this crack! Incut features on the quartzy right wall and sinker jams in the ever-steepening crack take you to a final, pumpy section of finger locks before you gain the ledge (10a). Belay here at bolts and chains, or if you ha...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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